MORE than 1,700 food boxes have been delivered to vulnerable families in Tameside and other parts of Greater Manchester during the Covid-19 pandemic by charitable organisation Rapid Relief Team (RRT).
The RRT joined the Manchester Food Response in June, initially taking responsibility for 50 food box drops a day to families all over the city. The charity’s network has now grown to include families from Trafford, Stockport, Tameside, Salford, Bury and Oldham.
The RRT has been working in collaboration with local police forces and schools across the UK to identify families that need support during these challenging times.
The organisation has also developed a pioneering tracking app, informing recipients when the parcel is on its way and when it has arrived. This means that no-one receiving a parcel has had to put themselves or their family at risk by making unnecessary physical contact with volunteers and delivery drivers.
The RRT is a global charitable organisation made up of volunteers from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, committed to offering quality catering assistance and logistical support to charities and confronting some of humankind’s greatest challenges, including major incidents, terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
In the UK, the RRT team has experience supporting the emergency services during major incidents such as the Aberdeen train derailment, Whaley Bridge reservoir, London Bridge attacks and Grenfell. The charity also works with other organisations and services to help tackle homelessness, disability and engage with youth charities.
Rod Buckley, director at Rapid Relief Team UK, said: “Even before Covid-19 struck, it was estimated that eight million people across the UK were struggling to put food on the table for their family.
“Sadly, this crisis has been exacerbated by the outbreak of Covid-19, which is why it is vital that we work with local communities to ensure that some of our country’s more vulnerable families will not go hungry.
“Our values of community, compassion, and support underscore everything that we do. We are passionate about helping the families and individuals most in need and we are utterly determined to support them through these difficult times.”